In bid to boost trade between New Orleans and Italy, food naturally comes first

Mar 05, 2020 236

The old connections between New Orleans and Italy flow through history and families. An expanding business development effort is now out to forge new ones, and naturally, it starts with food. Earlier in February, officials gathered to open the Louisiana office for the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, part of a network of international trade groups that works to connect businesses in Italy and the U.S.

The office is based in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in Central City, and that’s no coincidence. Museum co-founder Liz Williams leads the new outpost, and she said food businesses are the starting point for its development efforts. “So much of New Orleans food has been influenced by the immigration from Italy to here,” she said. “This is a way for us to have a connection with Italy today, and grow businesses.”

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SOURCE: https://www.nola.com

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